Media Archives




Mary King, former Executive Director, talks about Michigan’s new Raise the Age law. What's the best way to implement it.

Mary King, former Executive Director, speaks on  Detroit Public TV about Poverty, Prison, and Delinquency.

A Follow-Up - Poverty: A Pathway to Prison - The Intersection Chapter 3: Poverty

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Mirs News Podcast

MCYJ Executive Director, Jason Smith, talks about residential reform, the COVID-19 crisis and youth justice, the need for better data, and more.

April 2021

WKZO: An Interview on Juvenile Records Bills SB 681 & 682
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Former Executive Director, Mary King, talks to Ken Lanphear of WKZO about the importance of getting Senate Bills 681 and 682 passed for better protections for juvenile records, and for justi/12ce-impacted youth to have an automatic set-aside process. 

December 2020

Juvenile Court Fees Burden Families, Provide Limited Revenue
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Director of Youth Justice Policy, Jason Smith, talks to Tia Graham about court-imposed fines and fees for Michigan's justice-involved youth.

October 2020

WKZO: Organization Joins Calls to Close
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Executive Director, Mary King, speaks with Ken Lanphear of WKZO Radio on the calls to close Lakeside Academy, a residential facility for youth. The call for closure follows shortly after a resident, Cornelius Frederick, died after being restrained for throwing a sandwich at a staff member.

Bills to “raise the age” for automatic adult prosecution head to governor’s desk
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Both chambers of the Michigan Legislature have approved bills that would stop the state from automatically treating 17-year-olds arrested for a crime as adults. Jason Smith, the Director of Youth Justice Policy,shares what this legislation will mean for young people across the state if Governor Whitmer signs it into law.

Beyond the Headlines – Detroit – Episode 27
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MCYJ's Jason Smith was interviewed by Beyond the Headlines Podcast and discussed the Youth Behind Bars report, Raise the Age, and more. 
October 2020